Journal scribblings: Hideous Kinky (1998) and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

Just a quick note here. School (and work! I have a job at least for the Christmas period) has been somewhat hectic and left me with little time to review, but I promise to be back soon. Lately, I’ve loved Macbeth, Everest, Sicario, The Martian, Diary of a Teenage Girl, Brooklyn, and of course, The Dressmaker. Look out (hopefully) for some stuff on them soon. As well as something on Kate Winslet that I haven’t planned yet – I’m on a massive kick watching all of her films that I can (reminds me of when I was a young teenager and was obsessed with her) and feel like doing some kind of retrospective at some point. Anyway, enjoy!

Hideous Kinky

It’s at first puzzling – the attempts at the more surreal aspects come off as mawkish, and the aimlessness seems pointless without much opportunity for character development or investment. But over time, the somewhat melodramatic at times slice of life becomes comforting. Winslet took the part as an escape from the Titanic mania, and it’s easy to see why – it ends up being an effective piece of fable-like escapism that transports one to another world for 90 minutes, that feels freeing. The end statement is this: are we always destined to wander, searching for meaning?

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Watching a film, especially a rabbit hole into the brain like this, that offers twists and turns and humour and darkness, again after a couple of years is like discovering it all over again. Absolutely bonkers, but at the same time grounded and resonant. Kate Winslet is like a firecracker, racing from one corner to another with manic energy to match that dynamically changing hair colour. It moves with such fluidity, such confident zanyness from one point to the next that makes it irresistible to follow. Kaufman says, do we prefer experience, the scars but also the euphoric memories, or comfort?

P.S. I am such a trailer nerd. I love this trailer so much.

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